Group Events

Past and up-coming special activities and guest speakers

2013 - Jan. 16

posted Feb 20, 2013, 12:02 PM by Carp Care   [ updated Feb 20, 2013, 12:29 PM ]

Dr. Robert Harbaugh spoke at our meeting and presented very useful information about Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease.  Aside from members of our group, many individuals from the community attended to raise the count by over 60.  We thank Dr. Harbaugh for taking time out of his busy schedule to give this informative presentation.

2012 - Aug. 15

posted Aug 16, 2012, 5:37 PM by Carp Care   [ updated Aug 27, 2012, 11:46 AM ]

Bartlett & Herrington Attorneys At Law
Neal E. Bartlett and Stefanie Herrington, both attorneys at Bartlett & Harrington, spoke to our group on Wednesday, August 15 and offered very useful information regarding legal matters that pertain to both Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers.  They addressed specific question from individuals in group pertaining to their own situations.  In addition Neal and Stefaine answered questions about Healthcare Directives, Living Wills, Durable Power of Attorney, Springing Power of Attorney, type of Living Trusts and details types of trustees.  Neal and Stefanie were informative as well pleasant, approachable and knowledgeable about the types of circumstances that affect those who care for Dementia patients and the ones who care for them.  The Bartlett & Herrington Law Firm is established here in Carpinteria where both Neal and Stefanie reside.

2012 - Mar. 7

posted Mar 9, 2012, 1:49 PM by Carp Care   [ updated Aug 17, 2012, 9:36 AM ]

Heidi Holly from Friendship Center of Santa Barbara

On our Wednesday, March 7, 2012 meeting, Heidi Holly, Executive Director of the Friendship Center of Santa Barbara dropped by and spoke about the center and of the new services they offer.  Heidi highlighted the pick-up service route that offers the convenience of transportation for the center clients.  She also mentioned the new "Connections" program, which assists  individuals with early memory loss to share and receive some help with the condition.  The program is on Mondays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in Santa Barbara and on Wednesdays at the same time in the Goleta facility.  The cost is $50.00 and includes a lunch.  For information on the program, contact Susan Forkush, MPH at (805)969-0859.

2011 - Nov. 16

posted Nov 18, 2011, 2:40 PM by Carp Care   [ updated Aug 17, 2012, 9:36 AM ]

Dr. Robert Zylstra of Central Coast House Calls
In our November 16 meeting, after our private sharing, Dr. Robert Zylstra M.D. talked to us about his practice, which largely consists of home visits and most notably deals with Dementia patients. Dr. Zylstra was very informative about his practice and we were able to pose questions about the issues that matter to us, such as uses of medicines for Alzheimer's, consultation fees, coverage, etc.  Dr. Zylstra also had comments about insurance and about nutrition.  The information he provided is beneficial for those currently providing care but will also help anyone who contemplates needing medical care in the future for a Dementia patient.

2011 - Sep. 21

posted Sep 22, 2011, 11:07 AM by Carp Care   [ updated Aug 17, 2012, 9:37 AM ]

Senior Planning Services

Deborah R. Brown, MA, SLP, CMC and Debra DiNapoli, MS from Senior Planning Services spoke at our Wednesday 21st meeting.  Senior Planning Services provides care management, which includes needs evaluation, provision of care by trained staff either at home or in a facility.  Deborah and Debra gave us detailed information about their services.

2011 - Jul. 20

posted Jul 9, 2011, 1:51 PM by Carp Care   [ updated Aug 17, 2012, 9:37 AM ]

Brian D. Jones

Brian D. Jones, a Naturopathic consultant, will speak at our July 20th meeting.  Mr. Jones will speak about natural complimentary care choices available in addition to standard medical offerings.

2011 - Mar. 16

posted Mar 12, 2011, 7:53 AM by Carlos Brens   [ updated Aug 17, 2012, 9:37 AM by Carp Care ]

The meeting included a presentation by Dr. David Beamer on relaxation and meditation techniques crucial for caregivers dealing with stress. David Beamer covered breathing exercises and ways to relax by achieving a meditative state. Dr. Beamer is a Certified Medical Hypnotherapist and instructor at SBCC. He's also Pastor Emeritus, at First Presbyterian Church in Ashland, OR and Stone Church of Willow Glen in San Nose, CA.

2009 - Nov. 4

posted Feb 18, 2011, 4:25 PM by Carlos Brens   [ updated Aug 17, 2012, 9:35 AM by Carp Care ]

The Alzheimer's Support Group of Carpinteria welcomed Preston Marx for a presentation and discussion on estate planning and other legal issues that affect people in their later years.  Mr. Marx is a local attorney whose practice focuses on estate planning and estate administration.  Preston has maintained his law office in Carpinteria since 2003, and has been in the Santa Barbara area for fifteen years.  He's licensed in his home state of Louisiana and in California.  Preston has taught Contract Law at the Southern California Institute of Law for the last 15 years and is a member of the Carpinteria Rotary Club while serving on the Board of Directors of the Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce.   Preston is also a member of the PBIAAB Board for the City of Carpinteria.

Preston Marx (standing) speaking to attendees

2011 - Jan. 6

posted Feb 15, 2011, 5:54 PM by Carlos Brens   [ updated Aug 17, 2012, 9:37 AM by Carp Care ]

The Alzheimer’s Support Group of Carpinteria is pleased to have Libby Atwater for a 45 minute presentation on what an Ethical Will is and how to go about writing one on January 6.  An Ethical Will is a way to convey one’s moral assets to descendents. Unlike a last will and testament, an ethical will is a legacy statement that allows one to clarify the meaning in life for family, friends, and the community.  It may stand alone or serve as an introduction or conclusion to a personal history.  Libby Atwater is journalist, teacher, an affiliate in the Soleil Lifestory Network, and she offers Life Story Writing Classes. 

2010 - Sep. 15

posted Feb 15, 2011, 5:49 PM by Carlos Brens   [ updated Aug 17, 2012, 9:46 AM by Carp Care ]

The Carpinteria Alzheimer’s Support group is pleased to have Luciana Cramer, Care Consultant at the local Santa Barbara chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, to talk about the services the association provides.  Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of Dementia, an “umbrella” condition with many common symptoms. The condition is projected to afflict 15 million people in the next 10 to 15 years.  The presentation will be held at the Faith Lutheran Church, 1355 Vallecito Place, Carpinteria (corner of Ogan and Vallecito), on Wednesday, September 15 at 2:00 pm.  Please contact Nola Ferguson at (805)684-5665 for attendance information.

Luciana Cramer, Care Consultant, Alzheimer's Association

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